Friday 19 August 2022
Somali-born community leader and advocate Ikram Jama is the new Director of the Human Rights and Equity at Carleton University’s Equity and Inclusive Communities department. Promoted from her previous position of Interim Assistant Vice-President and University Advisor, Equity and Inclusive Communities, she had also occupied the position of Senior Advisor in Equity and Human Rights in the same department.
Since joining Carleton in 2017, Ikram has made significant contributions in advancing equity and human rights across the university by focusing on creating spaces of transformative learning and engagement and demonstrating a commitment to collaboration and developing a shared vision. Ikram is a Carleton alumna with a Bachelor of Honours in Sociology and Master of Arts in Political Science.
Prior to joining Carleton University, Ikram was Manager of the Multicultural Liaison Officer program at the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO), as well as Public Education Program Coordinator with the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre.
Ikram is also well known for her volunteerism and community building in the national capital region. Her volunteer involvement includes: founding member of the Canadian Somali Mothers Association; Committee Member, Friends of the University of Hargeissa School of Social Work; Executive Committee Member, Congress of Black Women; and member, Board of Directors, Catholic Centre for Immigrants.
Ikram is the recipient of several community builder awards including the prestigious Crime Prevention Ottawa Leadership award in 2021.